Phenomenal Prospect Favors UM

This super talented and versatile athlete could play a number of positions at the next level, and that's one of the reasons he has plenty of early scholarship offers, including one from UM. He talks about why he favors the Hurricanes early and a lot more in this indepth interview.

After watching him on videotape from his junior season, Earl Everett looked to me like he was a Top 10-15 player in the state of Florida. Then I watched the standout linebacker at the NIKE Training Camp in April, where he proved why he's a Top 10 kid in the state. However, it was his spring jamboree against Wildwood that I watched in person that made me believe that the Bushnell (South Sumtner) standout is one of the elite prospects in the entire state.

Measured at 6-foot-2 ½ and 210 pounds at NIKE, Everett says he's closer to 215 now that he's been lifting a lot in recent weeks. Everett ran a blazing 4.23 shuttle time and had a 34-inch vertical jump at the camp.

The talented linebacker started football in 7th grade when he was the starting tailback. "I used to have all kinds of fun playing tailback," he said. "I also played wide receiver, and strong safety on defense. Then when I got to high school, I started playing pretty much just safety."

Everett now plays strong safety as well as outside linebacker, in addition to returning all kicks and punts as well as handling the kicking and punting duties on offense.

In addition to football, Everett also competes in basketball (point guard) and track, where he competes in three events. As a junior, he threw the shot put 48.9 feet, and ran a 11.2 100m time that was electronically timed. Everett also played baseball during his freshman and sophomore seasons, as a pitcher and center fielder.

Inside the classroom, Everett carries a solid 3.2 core GPA and just took the SAT on Saturday. That's another reason why Everett's phone rang off the hook during the May evaluation period.

"A lot of schools were calling," he said. "It was nice getting a chance to talk to a lot of the different coaches."

To no surprise, Everett has already received four written scholarship offers.

"They all seemed to mention it on the phone, but the four I got in the mail were from the University of Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia."

Everett talked about his favorite choices.

"The four schools I'm looking at the hardest right now are Miami, Georgia, Florida, and South Florida," he said. "My favorite one is Miami. I've always liked them. They have a great atmosphere and I really like their defensive game. They always seem to be producing great players at every position and that means the competition will be real good, which is what I like."

Everett said he enjoyed talking to UM head coach Larry Coker.

"Coach Coker was real nice," he said. "He was telling me just to keep my grades up and keep playing hard. I asked him about playing time and he said if I worked hard I would have a good chance of playing early."

Interestingly, Everett is wanted at two different positions by the UM coaches.

"Coach Soldinger said he wants me at running back," he said. "Coach Coker told me they like me as an outside linebacker. It doesn't really mater to me because I like playing on both sides of the football."

Everett is in the middle of summer conditioning drills, as he and his teammates gear up for what he hopes will be a memorable senior season.

"We're all working real hard," he said. "We've been to the final four the last couple years and now we have 26 seniors on our team of 50 that want to win a state championship."

Everett, who plans on attending summer camps at Florida and South Florida later this month, said he plans on taking his time with his decision.

"I'll probably make a decision after the season," he said. "Although I like Miami the most right now, I'm keeping my door open for other options because you never know what might happen."

Personally, I think Everett has absolutely everything in a prospect. In addition to having football talents that are off the charts, he competes in three other sports, he's extremely versatile (UM likes him at 2 separate positions), he's a tremendously competitive kid that is very team-oriented. After watching Everett in person twice this past spring and then talking to him on the phone, I'm convinced there isn't a better prospect in the entire state even though there is plenty of competition.

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